Palm Capital

Orchard Brae House L2 CAT A+

  • Location
    Edinburgh
  • Size
    2,250 sq ft
  • Sector
    Commercial Real Estate

Having been involved in the extensive refurbishment programme of Orchard Brae House for Palm Capital in 2018, Form DC were ready to assist in what was the first spectulative fit-out project in Scotland's Central Belt, two years later.

The 2018 transformation saw the tired 1970s building improve its facilities' offering, and enlarge the office floor plates.

In 2020, property agents Knight Frank and JLL identified a requirement for smaller, fully fitted out office suites.

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Having established the project brief and budget with the client and property agents, Form DC worked in conjunction with the furniture supplier, contractor and cost consultancy team to turn this around in six weeks, from design to delivery.

Form agreed a schedule of accommodation and prepared space plans based on a generous ratio of 1:12, allowing both for social distance measures and flexibility for future change.

Furniture options were mindful of budget, product durability and general appeal, and Form selected finishes which struck a balance between being contemporary, timeless and appealing to a broad audience.

In addition to loose furniture, proposals were detailed for the tea point and meeting room.

In more and more cases, throughout the UK, we are seeing Landlords providing a fitted option to encourage occupiers forward. The pandemic has shown us that taking a case to an occupier property board/approval process that involves a large upfront fit out spend just won't get the sign off, and for start ups and younger/smaller companies isn’t financially viable... a spec fit out takes away that
financial pain for the occupier, and also provides a much better viewing experience where the occupier can see themselves within a space much more easily and, ultimately, entices them to commit to a relocation

Toby WithallPartner, Knight Frank

This coordinated approach removes long fit-out programmes and significant up-front spend for the tenant. They can occupy the space and be operational almost immediately.

Landlords attract tenants more quickly, with an offering which can be sampled and experienced, reducing vacancy gaps, thereby maximising rental and improving return on investment.